Wet and warm weather sprouts early weed season

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Weeds are starting to grow fast after the heat and the rain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Weeds are starting to grow fast after the heat and the rain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The City of Tempe already issued postcards to homeowners, reminding them excessive weeds, especially weeds above 12 inches, are a code violation. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The City of Tempe already issued postcards to homeowners, reminding them excessive weeds, especially weeds above 12 inches, are a code violation. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Tempe homeowners put on notice are given a month to clear weeds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Tempe homeowners put on notice are given a month to clear weeds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
"Roundup" is a great way to get rid of the weeds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) "Roundup" is a great way to get rid of the weeds. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

They're sprouting earlier than usual, no thanks to spurts of wet weather followed by rising temperatures.  Weeds are popping up all over the Valley and code enforcement crews have their eyes on the situation.

"We'll issue an NOV, which is a Notice of Violation," says Jeff Tamulevich with Tempe Code Compliance. "Just to let them know weeds are coming. We're going to be in their neighborhoods, and that we're going to be enforcing."

The City of Tempe already issued postcards to homeowners, reminding them excessive weeds, especially weeds above 12 inches, are a code violation.

Tamulevich says Tempe homeowners put on notice are given a month to clear weeds. After that time, the city may move to fine the homeowner $200, but Tamulevich says most homeowners comply.

"In the last two weeks, we probably had over 50, 60 calls," says Taylor Haught of Somerset Landscape LLC. "Rain, heat, rain, heat, it just really causes an explosion of weeds."

Somerset is one of two landscape companies vetted by the City of Tempe. As part of the Tempe Landscape Referral program, the City has negotiated with Somerset to offer lower rates to its residents.

Haught says homeowners don't necessarily have to turn to the experts to tackle weeds.

"Roundup is very effective when we have temperatures over 85 degrees," says Haught. "It's affordable, it's easy."

Haught says the most effective and eco-friendly way to get rid of weeds for good is to pull. He says it's important to pull the weeds when they are young because weeds that bloom are capable of spreading seeds, causing more weeds to grow.

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